Today is Diwali and it is the celebration of good over evil. I am writing about it because it symbolizes that light will win against darkness and that there is always hope. This relates to the Great Kids Movement because every kid can help to make the world a better place and can help overcome bad things that are happening in the world. So, for everyone who celebrates Diwali, I wish them a great Diwali.
Recently I learned about the story of a girl named Malak, who had to migrate away from a country called Syria because there was a war. She had to travel on a RUBBER BOAT! Water was splashing and Malak was wearing a TANK TOP! She must have been SO COLD! Also her bag with all her NEW CLOTHES got THROWN into the OCEAN because the bag was weighing the boat down. Malak thought her mum and her might DROWN. It was also very dark. I can't even IMAGINE how scared she must have been.
From every sad situation, we can choose to feel DESPAIR or HOPE. I choose HOPE. I hope for a world filled with peace so no one has to leave their country because of war. I hope that children everywhere are safe and are able to have good lives. I hope that people learn to solve disagreements in a peaceful way like Martin Luther King Jr did. I hope children everywhere grow up learning the values of PEACE and LOVE so that we can together create a better world.
Nyla, age 7
I want to spread kindness in our community. One way I spread kindness was by giving kind handmade messages with crafts to children who are sick. Some of them are so sick that they need to be in the hospital. I gave one to a lady to give to her niece because I found out that she has cancer. I wanted her to think about my art and kind message so that hopefully she will feel better. I want children to know that I love them and care about them and that I want them to get better.
Some of my friends at school found other ways to spread kindness. Some put up recycling posters to remind others to help keep our earth clean. Others are planning on collecting food for people who don't have enough food to eat. Other children made cards for people in senior citizens homes and hospitals.
I hope you find ways to spread kindness. Helping the community feels great!
Nyla, age 6
Yesterday in Basketball,🏀 it was the final game of the playoffs and we won 20-10,!! Hip Hip Hooray:)! The coach gave out 4 special medals and I got MVP, which stands for Most Valuable Player!!!:) I was really exited!!! I didn't know that I would get it because I was just playing my best and trying to help my team win. I was so proud of myself and my family was so proud of me. I kept on talking about it all the way home. I seriously don't know how I got it. I think it was because I practiced a lot and it paid off.😀 Most of all, I had perseverance and I believed in myself. When we believe in ourselves, great things can happen!
By Neel, age 8
Recently, I was on vacation to Chicago, Illinois.
I was a great city with lots to see and lots to do. But, in the city, there was one main problem, poverty.
I stood there watching people walk by as if the homeless where invisible. Only a small amount stopped to help out the hundreds in need.
I started to feel terrible, until I saw a women with a sign standing beside a homeless man. Her sign read, "For every donation made to this man, I will match your donation". This woman had spent a good part of her day sitting beside the homeless man, enticing people to stop and matching their donations. I noticed that many more people took notice and stopped to make a donation.
This inspired me and made me think about what I could do to help those in need. Like that woman, we can all make a difference.
Vikram, age 12
Check out what this 6 year old girl is doing to make a difference!
I like to be nice to people because I have friends in my classroom. They are nice to me and I am nice to them and that is why I like going to school. I like my friends. If people don't have friends and aren't nice at school and then they will not want to go to school. you learn more and better when school is nice to you, teachers and everybody, then you feel like you want to be nice to everybody.
If I came to school feeling sad....I would want someone to play with me and help me feel better. I'd play with somebody if they were sad and mad. So, being nice is helpful in your days.
By Sonja, age 4
I was on the school bus home. I saw one student hurt another student. I asked that student (I know that student that was being mean) to stop and that he was not being nice. Since that day, the volunteer bus monitor (a grade 5 or 6 student) asks me to sit with him and take care of him. He and his sister (grade 1 and 2) have become my friends.
I felt that it was wrong how this student was hurting (hitting and punching) a younger student. It was bullying, The other student was upset, not playing around....I don't know.....he was not saying stop, but it could have been hard for him to say something....I did because i saw that the student that was doing the hurting had a mean face and the younger student's face was mad but not saying anything.
I talk to both of them and I don't think that that one student is a bully, but sometimes he can act like that.
But now, I have gained two more friends. The younger student and his sister. I really hate that my mom won't let me use their names. She is taking their names out. And she won't let me make up the names.
I don't know how to say it this but, i think sometimes it's important to mind your own business and walk away but sometimes you need to do something when you see something that doesn't feel right in your stomach. Straight up in my gut, I felt that that doesn't make sense at all. But, I learned they are both nice people that have not so nice moments.
By Markus, age 8
I joined choir at my school because I like singing. Even though my friends didn't want to go, I wanted to because I like to sing and we also get to dance. One of my friends told me not to go yesterday because she wanted to play with me at recess, but I told her 'I like to sing so I'm going.' So never let anyone try to force you. Remember not to follow the crowd but to be yourself and do what feels right to you!
Love Nyla, age 5
Hi, I'm a ten yr old girl with an awesome family and lots of great friends. Sometimes I get very emotional and have some probs, so my family is helping me to be happy.
Victoria, age 10
So nice to have you join the Great Kids Movement! It sounds like you have an awesome family and some great friends, and you sound like a GREAT KID!! We all experience challenges in life sometimes, and it's nice that you have such a caring and supportive family to help you. Continue to be open with them about how you are feeling.
For this site, we would love to read more posts from you about what inspires you, acts of kindness and anything else related to the themes of this site (character, positive action, helping others, having compassion, believing in yourself, overcoming challenges etc.) We look forward to reading more posts from you!
The GKM team!